Are you ready for some March Madness? Well, the month will be coming in like a unicorn… and not in the way you might expect! DJ Scratchy is still here, but she put the Sponkies on the bus to their native Australia for the month (hopefully an amphibious bus) so she can do a five week revival of her original Monday series, Mecca Muzak Mondays! Yes, each Monday in the month of March will not feature some golden oldie out of the Dusty Vinyl Archive, but a bit more of a modern lost classic that I learned to love simply by not tuning out the retail muzak that plays at work! And leading off this March Madness Mecca Muzak Monday (MMMMM!) will be an absolutely fucking fun song to listen to by an American group that is known all over the world…….. except in America.
For over a decade, I had been aware that a band named Scissor Sisters existed… but knowing nothing about them, I assumed it had to be some lesbian act who sang pro-feminist songs about male chauvinistic pigs like myself. Yeah, and the Barenaked Ladies are really women who perform in the nude…
Scissor Sisters is actually a New York-based quintet featuring only one sister, but plenty of members who do play for the other team. While America was busy ignoring them, they were taking the rest of the free world by storm. And thanks to Mecca, I can finally say I know a Scissor Sisters song…. and this little piece of new age disco will make even those of you who burned your Bee Gees albums in shame want to cut a bit of a rug. Here is the ironically named “I Don’t Feel Like Dancin'”….
How can you hate on a fun little song like that which none other than Elton John had a hand in writing, and possibly even playing piano in? I’ll still hold that “Get Lucky” is the best disco song of the new millennium…. but this one’s a very close second! This song was Top 10 in almost every European country, as well as Canada, Australia and New Zealand when it was released in 2006! In the US, where the band was born and raised, “I Don’t Feel Like Dancin'” made it all the way up to……….. #102, which still makes it their biggest hit in the States. That, folks, is a travesty….
Join me and DJ Scratchy next Monday for some more muzak that Billboard didn’t care about, but lucky for us, Mecca did….